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Social Security recipients at risk

Social Security recipients are getting nervous.  The Social Security Administration is warning people it can’t guarantee full benefit payments if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.  The “Wall Street Journal” reports the agency is telling beneficiaries that failing to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk.

Food Stamp Cuts Loom

If your household receives food stamps, according to media reports, your benefits will decrease next month.  Indiana hunger relief advocates say extra benefits provided by the 2009 federal stimulus law expire Nov. 1.  Benefits will decrease by about 5 percent, or by about a nickel on ever dollar.  There are more than 900-thousand recipients across the state. This change is not related to the current federal government shutdown. Indiana Family and Social Services Agency is expected to send notifications before the change.

Foul Play Not Suspected In IU Death

Foul play is not suspected in the death of an IU student.  Eighteen-year-old Abigail Bott was found dead in McNutt Quad on Sunday on the Bloomington campus.  Officials say there is no evidence of trauma and toxicology reports could take four to six-weeks.

Man Reportedly Molests Nursing Home Patient

A man accused of molesting a nursing home patient is now behind bars.  IMPD says Thomas Booker was caught on surveillance video at Rosewalk Nursing Home going in and out of the victim’s room.  She told police he inappropriately touched her then exposed himself.  Booker is not an employee at the nursing home, but does know the victim.

Tougher Penalties Wanted For Synthetic Drugs

In a follow-up to the gas station drug bust story we told you about yesterday… State Police say more than three-thousand packages of synthetic marijuana were seized along with 200 packs of bath salts at a Citgo gas station.  State Senator James Merritt of Indy is fighting for tougher laws and penalties for people making and selling the drugs. This, because designer drugs are very popular and easy to get in the city.

Rolls-Royce Wins Aircraft Engine Contract

Indy and Rolls-Royce are getting an economic shot in the arm. The Defense Logistics Agency is giving Rolls-Royce a six-year contract extension worth 406-million dollars. This contract covers aircraft engine parts used in planes by the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Border Patrol. Turbine and jet engines are manufactured here in the city.